A Healthy January

Health Month ‘07

A range of special events are taking place across the UK to celebrate volunteering in health and to encourage more people to get involved as part of Health Month ’07.

Run by Time for Health in conjunction with Community Channel, activities throughout January include volunteer roadshows in busy hospitals receptions and waiting areas across England and volunteer recruitment training for all those already working with volunteers in health.

Time for Health is an initiative formed between the largest volunteering organisations in health (Attend, CSIP, General Dental Council, NAVSM, TimeBank and WRVS) to provide a representative voice for volunteering in the NHS and to make it easier for people to volunteer. They have teamed up with Community Channel to promote the value of volunteering in health and social care across the UK.

David Wood, Chief Executive of Attend, said, “Volunteering in the NHS makes a huge impact and improves the experience of patients, carers and the local community. By volunteering with a local hospital people have an opportunity to get involved and support their local community. Our aim is to demonstrate the value of volunteering and to open the doors to more volunteers.”

Volunteering roadshows are taking place in eight hospitals across England to promote the benefits of volunteering in the NHS. Time for Health partners are spending time in busy receptions and outpatient departments carrying out surveys of people’s perceptions of volunteering and what would encourage them to give their time.

Roadshows have already taken place in York and Scarborough and will continue throughout the month in Darlington, Newcastle Clatterbridge (Merseyside), St Helier (Carshalton), Lewisham and Stockport (tbc).

Health Month ’07 also includes a number of one-day training sessions on recruiting volunteers in a health environment, covering areas such as creating appropriate roles for volunteers and developing approaches to recruitment. The courses are open to voluntary groups working in the health sector and to people with responsibility for managing volunteers in the NHS.

Throughout the month events are showcasing the huge range of volunteering opportunities in health, for people of all ages and backgrounds. This is highlighted by a season of volunteering and health programmes, and a new advert featuring Justine Tusabe a health volunteer, to be broadcast on the Community Channel.

For further information about Health Month ’07 and events across the country go to www.healthmonth.org

People who want to find out more and get involved in local volunteer opportunities in health should call 08000 681 800, go to www.communitychannel.org/health or press the red button whilst watching Community Channel.

-ENDS-

For more information:

Helen Platt, TimeBank, 0207 785 6386 h.platt@timebank.org.uk

Keith Winestein, Media Trust Campaigns / 0207 874 7608 keithw@mediatrust.org

Notes to editors:

Volunteer roadshows have already taken place in York and Scarborough and will continue in:


- Darlington – January 23rd
- Newcastle Royal Victoria Infirmary – January 24th
- Clatterbridge (Merseyside) – January 26th
- St Helier (Carshalton) – January 30th
- Lewisham – January 31st
- Stockport – tbc

Volunteer recruitment course dates are:
- 23rd January – Jarvis Piccadilly Hotel, Manchester
- 29th January – Jurys Inn Hotel, Newcastle upon Tyne
- 30th January – Best Western Dean Court Hotel, York
- 12th February – Kings Fund Building, Cavendish Square, London

To reserve your place, please contact Stephen Moreton

Tel: 0207 307 2572 E-mail: Stephen.moreton@attend.org.uk

Time For Health Members are: 
- Attend
- The Care Services Improvement Partnership
- The General Dental Council
- The National Association for Voluntary Service Managers
- TimeBank
- WRVS

Time for Health is an initiative established in June 2006 between the largest volunteering organisations in health to provide a representative voice for volunteering in the NHS. It paves the way for closer working between over 200,000 volunteers in over 1,000 health and social care locations across the UK.

Community Channel is TV that gives a damn. It makes you think again about the world around you, and inspires you to take action on the causes and issues that matter to you. Broadcasting original shows, the best of terrestrial TV and showcasing the work of new directors and community programme makers; Community Channel is the place for real-life stories. The channel is broadcast 24 hours a day, every day on Sky 539, ntl:Telewest 233 and from 6-9am on Freeview 87. The channel is freely available to around 45 million people in 18.2 million homes across the country and around 1.2 million people watch every month (BARB). Community Channel is a Media Trust initiative. Visit www.communitychannel.org
 
Helen Platt
Head of Communications- TimeBank
2nd Floor, Downstream Building
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